Mini-load AS/RS Systems
Mini-load is industry terminology for an automatic storage and retrieval crane system that stores items that can fit in a tote. Mini-load can also be used to handle cases with specialized attachments, in some applications. AS/RS cranes are typically very tall, to maximize cube, and either operate in a dedicated aisle or can switch aisles to access more locations. System height, aisle length and number of cranes servicing the system is driven by the design throughput and quantity of SKUs to be stored. Totes are stored in racks and can be stored 2 or 3 deep in systems that are designed to maximize density and can afford the throughput reduction. Smaller mini-load systems are often used for buffering of orders in large upstream of picking and packing operations.